How Personal Should a Professional Resume Be?

Professional Resume and resume writing

When it comes to writing a professional resume, it can be difficult to know exactly what personal details you should include and which you should leave out.

While it’s obvious that you need to include things like your phone number and email address, how personal should your professional resume really be? And are employers even interested in your personal pursuits?


Should you include a photograph in your professional resume? Most of the time, this is not recommended. If you’re thinking something along the lines of, “it will be great for the employer to put a face to my name,” save this for the interview.

At the initial application stage, employers are not interested in what you look like, and unless you’re applying for a modelling or acting job, there’s no reason they should be. In addition to this, photographs can be rendered irrelevant if the resume is printed on a poor quality paper, photocopied or scanned into a database. Your face could end up distorted, or absent all together, and the photography efforts will be wasted.

Hobbies & Interests

Unless you are a graduate with little or no work experience, it is generally not relevant or advisable to include hobbies or interests.

If you do choose to include them, ensure they are tailored to suit the position. If you’re applying for a job in a design company, for instance, you may want to include hobbies like, “blogging about web design” or “attending art and design exhibitions” etc.

Email Addresses

If you don’t have a professional email address, get one. Having addresses with Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and other web-based companies is acceptable (though Service Provider addresses can be more reliable), as long as your email prefix is professional. Email addresses that use your name, for instance, are ideal (, but if you have an address like “” this is not going to make a very professional or mature impression.

Resume Designs

Ever heard the expression, “less is more?” At all times, the design of your resume should be professional not personal. This means staying away from colours, fancy fonts, animated designs and other decorative images and graphics. Even a border can detract from the formality and professionalism of your document. Instead, stick to black and white, and remember that simplicity is best.

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Formatting Your Resume for the Job You Want


I’m going to let you in on a little secret: no one enjoys working on their resume. It’s a boring task to take on, and requires a lot of focus on selling yourself on paper – which isn’t something that comes naturally to most people. You want to know an even bigger secret? Nobody enjoys reading resumes either. Okay, so maybe that’s not a secret. In fact, you probably already knew it. But knowing that most hiring managers loathe this part of their job, and understanding the statistics that point to how little time they actually spend looking at specific resumes before making a decision (studies pinpoint anywhere from 8 to 30 seconds) is not an excuse to take a lazy approach with your resume. In fact, it’s even more reason for your resume to be perfect – you want something formatted to catch a hiring manager’s eye in those brief few seconds you have their attention. That’s right: formatting matters. What a lot of people may not realize is that there are three main ways to format a resume, and the format you choose should absolutely take into consideration the job you are applying for and the skills you have to offer.


A chronological resume is the standard format you probably learned from your high school guidance counselor. It involves listing out your previous employment in a reverse chronological format at the top of your resume, ending off with things like education and awards received. Under each job, you might also list some of the duties you fulfilled in that role. You would want to use this resume format if you were applying for a job in the same field you have always worked in, as your previous job titles likely serve as proof of your experience and background.

Functional & Skills Based

If, however, you are looking to make a job change or have had a gap in your employment history, a functional/skills resume may be the way to go. This resume format starts by listing out your skills, and sometimes applicable experience, rather than your previous job titles. Depending on the job you are applying for, you might divide those details up into two or three specific skill sets, listing out previous applicable experience you have had under each of those headers. This is a way of highlighting what you are capable of, above what your previous titles have been. It is a good way to show hiring managers that you have what it takes to do the job, even if your previous job history doesn’t automatically make that clear. An example might be if you were applying for a job in sales and had only previously worked in clerical positions. Instead of listing out your job titles, you could list out the skills and experience you had that might be applicable to a sales job – focusing on your customer service skill-sets.


A combination resume is basically just a hybrid of the chronological and functional resume formats. You would start by listing out those skills and focusing on what you are capable of, ending with a basic reverse chronological listing of your previous job titles and companies you have worked with. In this resume format, you would preserve your actual experience for the skills section, and leave the job titles list to just that – a simple list of previous job titles, without further delving into what each of those jobs entailed. This might be the right resume to use if you are hoping to advance in your career and want to highlight your capabilities, but also see your previous moves up the ladder in your field as being proof of your experience in the industry.

Is My Resume Bad?

resume writing tipsYou have submitted your application to countless jobs, but can’t seem to land an interview, or even a return to your phone inquiries. Stepping back to assess the situation, it is impossible not to question yourself. Are you applying to jobs you aren’t qualified for? Or are there really so many job seekers out there that you simply can’t compete? If you are fairly convinced the answer to all these questions is “no”, it leaves only one other possibility lingering in your mind.

Is your resume bad?

Watch for Errors

One of the easiest ways to discredit yourself with a hiring manager is to have a resume littered with spelling and grammatical errors. Give your resume a thorough read through to see if there are any errors you can recognise on your own. Seek out a friend or former colleague who can then do the same for you. If at all possible, hire a professional to copy edit your resume as well. As competent as you may believe you are in the use of the English language, we are all more likely to miss our own errors when reviewing our work. This is why it is essential to have as many additional eyes on your resume as possible. Eliminating those errors now can keep a hiring manager from automatically assuming you are careless with your work.

Keep it Clean

The other important piece of resume construction is creating a format that is crisp, clean and easy to follow. This means avoiding a resume which is too long or has information jumbled in a haphazard manner. You also want to avoid printing your resume on bright paper or utilising a lot of graphics – anything which might appear to be unprofessional. Most hiring managers will typically only glance at the first page of your resume before deciding whether or not to read further. A poorly designed resume is much more likely to end up on the bottom of the applicant pile. This is another opportunity to ask for the opinions of friends and former colleagues. Allow others to read your resume, and then ask if they thought the important information was readily available or if they had a hard time determining your skills based on the current format. Take their advice to heart, and consider hiring a professional to help you design your resume if necessary.

Remain Relevant

While you may be proud of your work history dating back to your teens and the 20 different volunteer projects you are involved in each year, remember that your resume is an opportunity to present the skills and experience which make you the perfect fit for a specific career. If the two years you spent serving drinks at the local bar aren’t directly relevant to the types of positions you are looking for, and if you do have other experience which is more pertinent, consider cutting your bar duties out of your skill set and focusing instead on the ways you are a perfect fit for this job. Remember, however, that more and more hiring managers are conducting background checks these days, so under no circumstances should you make up a work history or experience in order to remain relevant.

Concise is Nice

If your resume requires a staple to hold it together, it is likely to long. Even with 40+ years of work history, condensing your skills and past positions down to those most relevant and recently occupied will prevent a hiring manager from becoming overwhelmed by the wealth of information in your resume and tossing it aside as a result. Use as few words as possible to describe your background and work history efficiently, consistently asking yourself “does that really need to be there?”

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9 terms that will ruin your resume

what not to saw in a resumeFrom the perspective of a hiring manager, most resumes and cover letters can quickly begin to blend together, the same words and phrases repeated over and over again reduce their meaning entirely. As a job seeker though, it is difficult to know how to stand out from the crowd and avoid language which may cause a recruiters eyes to glaze over. Below I have listed 9 words and terms to avoid, keeping your resume clean and enticing for the hiring managers who are bored with reviewing the same kind of documents over and over again:

“Salary Negotiable”

Unless strict salary guidelines are in place for a position, as is common for many government jobs, it is typically assumed that salary is negotiable. If you weren’t negotiable on salary, you wouldn’t be out seeking a job in the first place. Including this information on your resume is both superfluous and presumptuous. Don’t do it.

“Married with Children”

Avoid references to your personal life. It isn’t relevant, and could put hiring managers in the awkward position of knowing information they don’t need to know. Remember that your resume is a reflection of your professional history, not your personal background.

“High School”

If you have been in the work force for a few years or have any college experience at all under your belt, your high school information has no business on your resume. Hiring managers don’t care what your GPA was five years ago, and including it will only hint at a lack of maturity on your part.

“Transferable Skills”

This makes it seem as though you are attempting to convince a hiring manager to give you a shot at a job you aren’t qualified for. Even if that is the case, you don’t want to make it so obvious. Detailing out your past skill set is fantastic, but avoid trying to fluff those skills up by referring to them as “transferrable”.

“Hobbies/ Interests”

No matter what you may have heard back in school, these do not belong on your resume. Get rid of them. Talking with a hiring manager about a shared interest in sports during your interview is one thing. Including it on your resume is another.

“Problem-Solving Skills”

This is one of those terms that is too generic and could technically be claimed by anyone. Stick to skills that are unique to you and identify ways in which you contributed to a company in a quantifiable manner.


Starting a bulleted list off with the word “had” weakens everything which is about to come next, making it seem as though you are simply writing out a job description rather than detailing your dynamic set of skills. Swap “had” for the use of strong and active verbs instead, letting hiring managers see exactly what you are capable of.

“Highly Qualified”

This is the kind of fluffy language that doesn’t actually serve a purpose. Not to mention, it is so overused on resumes that it might just be a surefire way to annoy a hiring manager.

“Team Player”

Show this with your past experience rather than attempting to boil it down to two words. The words mean nothing if you can’t back them up with examples.

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand Online


personal online brandOnce upon a time, the job search industry was very much based on resumes and paperwork. You sent off your application and if all looked good, you probably received a call from the recruiter or employer asking you to come in for an interview. 

Today, job searching is about much more than that. While resumes and other documents are still very important, your personal brand and image has come to play a much more crucial role in how you are seen by others in your industry, including colleagues, competitors and employers. 

This is largely in thanks to social media and the world of the web, which have both made candidate information much more accessible beyond a piece of paper. Now, instead of simply relying on paperwork, search consultants, head hunters and hiring managers can all peruse your various profiles online and gain more of an insight into who you are as professional and what you can offer a company.   

1) Actively Promote Your Value Proposition 

As I recently discussed in this blog post, your Value Proposition is central to your personal brand. It summarises who you are, what value you can bring to an organisation and how you do it. It is also the one, encapsulating phrase that communicates your expertise and tells others what you are known for in the industry. 

Once you have developed your Value Proposition, promoting it is key. You should ensure that your Value Proposition is a prominent and visible part of everything that exists about you, from your Twitter bio and your LinkedIn profile to your resumes and cover letters.

If you don’t want your Value Proposition to sound repetitive, consider tweaking it a little to suit each of your different platforms and target audiences. 

2) Update Your Profiles

Your online profiles are one of the most visible documents that recruiters and employers often see when reviewing your competencies for a role. For this reason, it is vital that you keep your profiles up to date; you will no doubt always be gaining new skills, so adding these to your profiles will ensure they are relevant and fresh. 

One of the best ways to make your profiles stand out, however, is to ensure they reflect both your Value Proposition and your Unique Selling Points. What is original and innovative about what you offer as a candidate? What can you bring to a company that others can’t? 

Try to make your profiles as exclusive and as engaging as possible so that they will appeal to employers and show them that you can compete against other talent.  

3) Get Published 

Your views and opinions – alongside your expertise – is often what can define you in the marketplace. 

Publishing your thoughts and ideas, whether via a blog, a guest blog or a professional publication, can help to strengthen your brand and showcase your expertise to others in the industry.

It also gives you professional and relevant content to share on your social profiles. 

4) Become Socially Active

If you have shunned social media to date, whether you don’t believe in it or because you’re ‘too busy’, it’s time to change your ways and get socially active. Focus on making connections, expanding your networks and interacting with groups and forums.

Social media plays a huge part in personal branding and is yet another way in which you can show employers that you are keeping up with technology – as well as with other movements, trends and issues that are relevant to your industry.

To start with, make sure you at least have a profile on LinkedIn and perhaps Twitter, and only share thoughts that are completely professional and that are aligned with your brand. 

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9 Ways to De-Clutter Your Resume

Professional Resume and resume writingMany people cringe at the idea of having to write or rewrite their professional resumes. But failing to update or de-clutter your resume can considerably decrease your chances of success.

Cluttered or chaotic resumes can create confusion for the reader and they can also bog your resume down with fruitless details that overshadow your true worth and value.

If you are in the process of resume writing, Resumes Australia has devised these 9 steps to help you de-clutter your document and enhance your professionalism:

1. Get Rid of Personal Details

The only personal details you need to include on your resume are your contact details. Other information like your birthday, age, marital status or salary is irrelevant and should be deleted.

2. No photos

 Including your photo with your resume is an outdated and inefficient practice. Unless you are applying to be a model or an actor, your suitability for the role should be purely based on your skills and experience, not on what you look like.

3. Space Out Your Document

Make sure that your document uses consistent line spacing and that your headings are clearly defined and labelled. You should also use bullet points when writing about your achievements and responsibilities. Don’t worry about how long your resume is, as this is not important. What matters is that your information is clear and concise.

4. Ensure Readability

Use a standard font throughout your document and ensure it is easy to read. You should also avoid using any design elements like graphics, borders and colours (stick to black and white). This is the mark of an amateur and does not belong on a professional resume.

5. Delete Your Career Objective

Career objectives are a thing of the past and are considered irrelevant to modern employers and recruiters. An objective is not necessary, as employers will assume that applying for the role is part of your career objective anyway.

6. Focus On Relevant Experience

Remember, recruiters, employers and HR managers are all very busy people. They don’t want to have to sift through your resume in order to figure out whether you’ve got the skills they’re looking for. To determine what’s relevant, simply take a look at the job description and consider how your talents or achievements correspond to what they’re looking for. Anything else should be given lesser priority or deleted in order to de-clutter your resume.

7. Forget Hobbies & Interests

Only include hobbies that are directly relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are going for a sales role, hobbies like attending product launches or getting to know sales software will be useful; other hobbies like watching movies, spending time with family or playing sport have nothing to do with your suitability for the job.

8. Include the Right Skills

Listing any and every skill you’ve ever acquired is a sure way to add to your resume clutter. Instead, only include skills or qualifications that are overtly relevant to the requirements listed in the job advertisement.

9. Use the Right Language

Your resume writing language should be clear, succinct and easy to understand. Ensure that you use plain, business English in your descriptions and avoid flowery or extravagant language that fails to reveal anything about your talents, as this is essentially clutter. A good way to de-clutter is to focus on providing concrete examples and evidence in your resume to back up your claims.

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The Art of Great Salary Negotiation

Salary NegotiationNegotiating your desired salary is an art form. From benchmarking your role to assuring your rewards and benefits match your remuneration, successful salary negotiation can result in a high level of career satisfaction and progression.

It All Starts With Your Resume

An extensive, detailed and excellently written resume is the first and crucial step in winning your salary negotiations.

Every detail or factor that you will use to negotiate a salary MUST be included in your resume. This provides both yourself and the employer with documented evidence of your abilities, which will ultimately give rise to the money you are worth.

If your claims for better pay or benefits are not backed up by your resume, you won’t have much ground to stand on and the employer won’t have any concrete need to meet your financial expectations.

Don’t Share Your Salary Information

One of the biggest resume writing blunders I see is when candidates include their current or target salary in their resume. This is a critical mistake that can cost you both an interview opportunity and the chance to negotiate a higher remuneration. Why?

  • If an employer or recruiter knows your present salary or your target salary and decides the figure is too high, they might not bother even interviewing you for the role, because they think you are unaffordable.
  • If an employer or recruiter sees your salary as being too low, they might develop assumptions about how much you are worth and whether or not your experience and skills justify such a big jump up on the remuneration scale.
  • If you include your salary and it is below the client’s threshold, they can obviously take advantage of you by offering you slightly more than what you’ve asked for, even if this is much less than what you deserve or what the role is worth. This also means you lose any grounds for negotiation.

Similarly, you should avoid revealing any details about your salary throughout the interview process. If questioned, simply state that you would rather leave any salary conversations to the end, when or if a job offer is made. If you absolutely have to specify a figure, give the employer a salary range only.

Never Accept the First Offer

The first offer an employer makes is always intended to be the starting ground for negotiations. If you accept the first offer straight away, it means you’ve essentially lost your bargaining power and as a result, you can end up in a role where the salary is below par.

Instead of accepting, prepare to negotiate. Many employers will often expect a negotiation (particularly when they are recruiting for executive positions) and it is vital at this stage to make sure the financial reward corresponds to the skills and value that you offer.

When negotiating, you can:

  • Ask for more money – you will need to justify what abilities you have to warrant an increase. You can also use industry benchmarking here to support you.
  • Ask for additional benefits – this can include perks like a company car, company phone or laptop, paid expenses, yearly or quarterly bonuses or higher superannuation. Upgrading your benefits is especially ideal if a higher salary is not negotiable.
  • In some circumstances, you may also be able to negotiate better work conditions, such as the option of flexible hours, working from home or even shorter probation or notice periods.

Making a Counter Offer

When making a counter offer, you should remain friendly yet professional at all times. You should let the employer know that you are thrilled to be joining the business, but that the offer is not quite what you need or want in order to accept the role.

You can then ask the employer if there’s room for negotiation and specify exactly what changes to the contract you want to make.

Try to only make a counter offer once (rather than going back and forth numerous times) and use this opportunity to effectively cover off all your requests and concerns.

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Resume Writing: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Resume WritingProfessional resume writing is a critical career step that many executives, CEOs and candidates choose to invest in, simply because they understand just how competitive the market is and much a quality resume can impact their career success.

One of the most common questions I’m asked when approached about our resume writing services is, “How Long Should My Resume Be?”

Quality, Not Quantity

Two pages? Five pages? Ten pages?

Effective resume writing is all about making sure that the talents you possess are highlighted and fleshed out on paper, so that they relate directly to what the employer is looking for. It’s as if the employer is saying, “this is what we need for our company,” and your resume is responding by saying, “I can do what you need! Here’s the evidence.”

When it comes to determining how long your resume should be, it is essentially a simple matter of quality not quantity. That is, it does not matter how long or how short your resume is at all. As long as your strengths, achievements and skills are described in an effective and accurate manner, recruiters and employers won’t care if your resume is 10 pages or 2 pages.

Myths About Resume Lengths

There are many myths surrounding the idea of resume lengths. Some candidates believe that if their resume is too long, employers won’t bother to read it. So, they look for ways to cut down on important details or skills, and as a result, their resume ends up being too vague. Others feel that if their resume is too short, it makes them a weaker candidate. This prompts them to try to fill up their resumes with useless information that is not beneficial to their application.

Once again, the key to success here is to remember that it’s all about quality and about how well you portray your talents and value on the page. If your resume is 6 pages long and filled with fluff or unnecessary details, then yes, employers won’t bother reading it, but if it is 6 pages long and filled with fantastic insights about what you can do as a professional, then the reader will most likely be impressed.

As long as your resume is openly and clearly answering the employer’s request for experience and skills, you shouldn’t worry about whether your resume is too long or too short. Instead, focus on what unique talents you possess and what you can bring to the table.

General Resume Writing Rules

Knowing how long your resume should be is really about knowing what you should and shouldn’t include when resume writing.

What You Should Do:

  • Include your Value Proposition in your resume – what makes you unique and different from other candidates? Why should the employer choose you over others?
  • Link the responsibilities and duties in each of your roles directly to the employer’s job description – if an employer is looking for specific skills or talents, place these at the top of each of your jobs
  • Highlight your achievements and expand these using the ‘Action, Process, Outcome’ technique. Don’t worry about how much space this takes up in your resume, just concentrate on explaining how you brought value to the organisation

What You Shouldn’t Do:

  • Include any personal details related to your age, birthday, marital status, race or religion or salary – this information has no impact on your suitability for the role
  • Look for ways to fill up your resume just for the sake of it. Instead, make sure every word on your resume is relevant to the application
  • Include jobs you had over 8-10 years ago; only include older jobs if you feel that your accomplishments there are directly relevant to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you are going for a financial management position, the employer won’t really care about a casual retail job you had while you were studying
  • Adjust your formatting to make your resume longer or shorter; recruiters are not stupid and will immediately see through this lazy technique

Specified Lengths

In some cases, the employer may stipulate a maximum resume length or application length in their job advertisement. Since this is a direct requirement, you should aim to stick to the employer’s instructions as failure to do so can put you in a negative light.

If you are unsure about how to cut down your resume (or expand it) to suit the specified number of pages, you may want to engage the assistance of an experienced resume writer.

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Australians Looking For More Pay

Australians looking for more payA recent study conducted by Australian company Randstad shows that many working and job seeking candidates this year are looking for higher remuneration and perks in their jobs, as opposed to favouring employment benefits and long term job security.

Despite similar research conducted last year – where employer financial health and job security were both considered highly important – 1 in 5 Australians are now looking for more competitive salaries and rewarding and relevant benefits when seeking employment.

“Working through challenging economic conditions, people have had to deal with smaller budgets, less resources, increased workloads, higher performance expectations and limited or no employee benefits,” said Deb Loveridge, the Managing Director of Randstad, Asia Pacific.

“Aussies are starting to evaluate what’s important to them within a work context, and then placing these issues at the top of their list of requirements when looking for a job. This is good news for businesses, and highlights while salary is important, employees will be open to other benefits if a pay rise is still not a possibility in the short term.”

In addition to this, a healthy work-life balance is also at the top of Australian employees’ priority lists, with a reported 11% of Aussies possessing the desire to create more equality between their personal and professional lives.

Are You Job Seeking?

While this evidence reveals some important lessons and thinking points for recruiting organisations, these trends also have significance for current job seekers: Executives looking for employment in their respective industries may want to rethink their priorities or perhaps consider negotiating higher pay or better benefits.

With businesses facing tough financial times over the past few years, employee attraction and retention has become an increasingly significant issue and job seekers may be able to leverage this to secure better rewards for themselves, whether in terms of salary, benefits or more balanced work hours.

Negotiating More Pay

For those who have found the ideal job, negotiating salary is an important step and candidates should keep the above trends in mind. Further tips for a successful salary negotiation can include:

  • Making sure your resume is up to date, clear and convincing – this is the one document that will essentially get you more money or more benefits, so make sure it is impressive!
  • If you have not secured a new job just yet (or if you are in the interview process), ensure that you do NOT reveal any details about your past or present salaries to the employer
  • Be realistic. Don’t ask for outrageous amounts of money without the competencies to back up your request. Make sure your negotiations are based on your actual skills, talents and value, not on what you “think” you deserve
  • If you are unsure of how to negotiate or if you are applying for an executive or senior role, hiring a salary negotiator on your behalf can be extremely beneficial, as they will know how to obtain your desired level of pay using smart and professional negotiation techniques

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Common Causes of Executive Unhappiness & How to Fix Them

InterviewcoachingExecutive positions often involve a high level of demand and responsibility. Although this is expected at the senior level, it will be beneficial for executives and their organisations to be aware of the common causes of workplace unhappiness, all of which can result in low employee productivity, resignations and unsatisfying career journeys.

1. Low Remuneration

Low remuneration is the primary reason workers become dissatisfied, especially if their workload or responsibilities are increasing or if their salaries are significantly below the industry benchmark.

Solution: If you feel like you are not being paid fairly, then it could be time to ask for a raise and/or promotion. Build a case that describes in detail why you deserve better pay and make sure you have evidence and examples to back up your claims. If more money is not an option, consider asking for additional benefits or perks.

2. No Work-Life Balance

These days, the corporate work environment is an extremely busy place, with workloads getting larger, hours getting longer, and work being done at home more often. If you constantly operate in high gear, it can lead to feelings of stress, inefficiency, unhappiness and frustration.

Solution: To achieve a better work-life balance, try implementing more rigid work hours, delegating junior tasks, leaving work at work and even taking regular lunch breaks. All of these things can relieve the pressure and make your responsibilities much more enjoyable.

3. Lack of Job Satisfaction

People feel greater satisfaction when doing work that is engaging, challenging and that they feel adds value to the organisation. Lack of job satisfaction generally comes from being under-utilised in a role, being unable to grow and learn or sensing that the role is not a good fit in terms of long term career objectives.

Solution: To shake things up, try taking on more challenging duties, mentoring a colleague or expanding your professional skills and qualifications. If you feel your lack of job satisfaction is related to the big picture, it might be time to brush up on your resume writing skills and find a new position.

4. Lack of Resources and Support

A lack of resources or support to get the job done right is one of the most common causes of workplace frustration. As organisations battle it out to keep costs down, executives may find it difficult to either navigate the multitude of responsibilities they are given or implement desired strategies and procedures without the right staff in place.

Solution: If you aren’t being supplied with the resources you need to succeed in your role, then you need to make changes. These might involve hiring new staff or securing new suppliers, giving current staff more responsibilities, improving processes for better efficiency or even reworking budgets to find funds that can sponsor additional resources.

5. Ineffective Company Strategies or Policies

If your company has business practices that you can’t get on board with, then continuing to work for them can create much workplace stress. While you can still give it your all, you might never feel like your priorities and opinions are truly valued.

Solution: Try finding new ways to make your voice heard or coming up with ideas on how to change the vision or policies of the organisation. If this is not feasible (which it may not be if you are not in a senior role), consider moving on to another employer whose goals, policies and values you respect.

6. Frustrating Processes

Workplace bureaucracy – including cumbersome company processes, strict work rules and tangles of organisational red tape – contributes significantly to employee dissatisfaction. As an organisation becomes larger and more established, managerial layers are added and the corporate rulebook often gets bigger. When a company becomes too bogged down with processes, it can lose touch with employees and shut down individual ideas, creativity and innovation.

Solution: If you find yourself bound by corporate red tape, see if you can come up with more efficient ways of working within the given processes or obtaining additional resources (e.g. an administrator) to assist you or your team in managing the work.

If you are unhappy in your current role, Resumes Australia can work with you to find new job motivation, rethink your career plans or secure new employment altogether.


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